ICANN receives input from governments through the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). The GAC's key role is to provide advice to ICANN on issues of public policy, and especially where there may be an interaction between ICANN's activities or policies and national laws or international agreements. The GAC usually meets three times a year in conjunction with ICANN meetings, where it discusses issues with the ICANN Board and other ICANN Supporting Organisations, Advisory Committees and other groups. The GAC may also discuss issues between times with the Board either through face-to-face meetings or by teleconference.

GAC Announcement Archive


24 November 2015

If you will be requesting funded travel support for the upcoming meeting in Marrackech, please fill out the online form on the website here: http://tinyurl.com/opfj4s6 by the 16th of December 2015.   

The GAC currently has thirty (30) open travel slots for GAC members as well as up to five (5) additional slots for pre-approved organisations comprised of developing countries. Organizations who are active in the GAC and meet the criteria that would like to be added to this pre-approved list please contact gacsec@gac.icann.org

Please find attached the GAC travel support rules here

Moreover, thirty (30) additional travel slots have been allocated for the High Level Governmental Meeting (HLGM). When applying for travel support please indicate if it is specifically for the HLGM by ticking the corresponding box on the form.

To navigate to this page from the GAC homepage please click on the "GAC Members Only" tab, click on the “ICANN 55: Marrakech" meeting link under GAC meetings. You will need to be logged in to view these pages. 

If you need credentials to log into the website please contact gacsec@gac.icann.org and they will be issued to you. 

Please also contact gacsec@gac.icann.org if you wish to apply for travel support for the HLGM but your country is not yet a GAC Member.

21 October 2015

GAC Dublin Communique
Translations:   العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文 


GAC ICANN 54 meetings agenda


1 October 2015

The 3rd ICANN High Level Governmental Meeting will take place in Marrakesh on March 7th 2016, in conjunction with the 55th ICANN Conference.

First of its kind to be organized in Africa and in the Arab World, this meeting provides a unique opportunity for GAC members, but also non-members, to reinforce Governments' visibility and understanding of the final stage of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority's (IANA) stewardship transition process to a multi-stakeholder organization. More details will be available soon.

15 September 2015
Announcement of Vice Chair Nominees

Announcement for GAC Members from the GAC Chair: 

As you are aware the current GAC Vice Chairs formally complete their terms of office at the end of the Marrakech meeting (ICANN55).

During (and shortly after) the Buenos Aires (ICANN53) meeting of the GAC the ACIG GAC Secretariat sought nominations for the five available roles of GAC Vice Chair for 2016.  The nomination period officially closed on 1 September 2015. 

Consistent with Principle 32 of the GAC Operating Principles, the process for appointment to a GAC Vice Chair role is that if there are five or fewer nominated candidates for the Vice Chair positions, the nominees are “elected by acclamation”.  If there are more than five candidates an election must be held.  Any election would be held during the forthcoming Dublin (ICANN54) GAC meeting.

There were four nominees for the five available roles of GAC Vice Chair for 2016.  These nominees will therefore be elected by acclamation and there will be no election held during the Dublin meeting.  This will also mean that there will be only four Vice Chairs for 2016, no late nominations will be accepted.

The 2016 nominees are:

•          Olga Cavalli (Argentina)

•          Gema Campillos (Spain)

•          Henri Kassen (Namibia) and

•          Wanawit Ahkuputra (Thailand).

Consistent with Principle 31 of the GAC Operating Principles the results of the election (by acclamation) will also be formally be announced at the end of Dublin, to take effect at the end of the Marrakech GAC meeting.  We look forward to formally welcoming the four 2016 Vice Chairs at that time.

Kind Regards,
Thomas Schneider
GAC Chair 

15 September 2015

GAC Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) Comments to Initial Report on the Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Policy Development Process

13 August 2015

GAC Public Safety WG Public Comments to “2013 RAA WHOIS Accuracy Specification Review"

30 July 2015

Country and Territory Names as second-level domains in new gTLDs requirements for notification list 

21 July 2015

GAC Buenos Aires Minutes
Translations:   العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文

24 June 2015

GAC Buenos Aires Communique
Translations:  العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文


ICANN 53 - GAC meetings agenda


28 April 2015

Letter from GAC Chair to Nepal

17 March 2015

GAC Singapore Minutes
Translations:  العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文

12 February 2015

GAC Singapore Communique
Translations:  العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文


Geographic Names in the new gTLDs process - summary and report


ICANN 52 - GAC meetings - AGENDA


05 November 2014

Los Angeles GAC minutes 
Translations: العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文

16 October 2014

Los Angeles Communique
Translations: العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文

Draft document from GAC Sub-group on Geographic Names - Community input sought

The GAC Sub-group on Geographic Names (a Sub-group of the GAC Working Group on Future New gTLDs) has developed a draft document for future New gTLD rounds outlining several public policy aspects related to geographic names and is currently seeking community input on this document:

The protection of geographic names in the new gTLDs process.

A previous version of this draft was presented in a public session during the London ICANN/GAC meetings and a similar session is planned for the October ICANN/GAC meetings in Los Angeles.  The Working Group believes the receipt of community input on the current draft document would be beneficial to the October discussions, and further welcomes comments from all interested parties by 15 November, 2014

Comments may be submitted to future-geo-doc-comments@gac.icann.org .

Comments received will be posted on the Community Input page at: http://tinyurl.com/nc4knhn.

3 September 2014 - IGF Istanbul: IGF Side Meeting on ICANN and human rights. Room 11 - From 11:30 to 13:30 local time

2 September 2014 - GAC Public Forum Istanbul - IGF GAC Open Forum Agenda

 - Fact Sheets AREN , ESFRPTRUZH

Webcast of the GAC Open Forum

Presentation GAC Open Forum

29 August 2014

Minister Ed Vaizey’s report as Chair of the High Level Governmental Meeting held on Monday 23 June 2014 (EN) - العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文

31 July 2014

London GAC minutes

Translations: العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II中文

24 July 2014

Letter from Jonathan Robinson on completion of GNSO WHOIS studies

18 July 2014

Email from ICG to GAC Chair

07 July 2014

Letter from Jonathan Robinson to Heather Dryden re IGO/INGO and RCRC issues

25 June 2014

London GAC Communique

Translations: العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文 

22 May 2013

May ICANN Policy Update

19 May 2014

Singapore Minutes 

15 May 2014

GAC webinar on IANA Transition Process

14 May 2014

GAC webinar on IANA Transition Process 

22 April 2014

Buenos Aires Minutes